Cremation has been practiced since ancient times, dating back at least 20,000 years, by civilizations all over the world. In modern times, the cremation process occurs in a cremator which is housed in a crematorium. A crematorium may be part of a funeral home or an independent facility.
After the cremation process, the ashes are collected. They are placed in a container, which could be a simple box or a decorative urn. Funerary urns have been used for thousands of years. They can be as simple as a carved wooden box, an ornate metal, natural stone, or an elegant marble. Urns may be traditional, but also unique keepsakes such as ash jewelry.
Cremated remains may be kept in an urn, buried, or scattered somewhere that had special meaning to the person or family. Some of the most popular choices for most families are the ocean, mountains, and canyons.
Families may prefer cremation for different reasons. A traditional funeral can be a long and expensive process, adding stress to the grieving family. Cremation is typically much less expensive, especially if it is a direct cremation without the addition of a service. If the cremated remains are entombed or buried, less space is needed; therefore, costs are reduced.
Another interesting fact is that pets are cremated all around the world. The cost varies depending on the location. Urns may also be purchased for animals.
Some of the notable celebrities that have been cremated are:
H.G. Wells, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Kennedy, Robin Williams, Dick Clark, and Neil Armstrong among many, many others.
When choosing an urn, you would want to consider the size, design, transport, budget and material. Some designs include veteran, outdoors, sports, religious, etc. The remains of an adult can be calculated by the person’s weight. Each pound of that person’s weight should be equal to the number of cubic inches of ashes. Cremated remains can vary slightly depending on the process. Keeping this in mind, it is better to buy an urn that is sightly larger than the calculated 1 to 1 ratio. The standard capacity for an adult urn should be at least 200 cubic inches. When having an urn interred in a columbarium, you must consider the niche size. Urn material will depend on if the ashes are to be scattered, buried, or displayed. Once the final decision is made, choose whichever material will be best suited. Lastly, consider and set your budget.